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Postdoctoral Scholar, Open Analytical Capabilities to Support China’s Power Sector Reforms

Position overview

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

Application Window

Open date: June 2nd, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Jul 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to help launch a new international research project aimed at developing open analytical capabilities to support China’s power sector reforms. Key objectives of the project:

• Collecting detailed electricity market and grid data, and developing modeling simulation tools for typical market and administrative designs in China
• Addressing several policy-relevant research questions in the area of resource adequacy
• Disseminating data, modeling results, and policy recommendations through a bilingual English-Chinese platform

The postdoc will be responsible for supporting the development of open-source modeling and simulation tools and will advise and assist in data collection. The postdoc should be well-versed in least-cost energy systems optimization models in one or more modeling languages (e.g., AMPL, GAMS, CVX, Julia/JuMP, Python/Pyomo). Familiarity with planning and operations power sector decision-making and/or electricity market design is preferred. The postdoc will work with the co-PI, Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor in GPS and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and collaborators at North China Electric Power University (Prof. Jiahai YUAN) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).

The postdoc will be fully integrated into the GPS community, a highly interdisciplinary school of public policy scholars, and in the Davidson Lab, which conducts research on topics related to renewable energy, power grid management, and low-carbon transitions. The postdoc will also be expected to engage with other units on campus researching energy systems, particularly the Jacobs School of Engineering.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. recipients or will receive a Ph.D. by the start of the postdoctoral program in a relevant field, including but not limited to Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Operations Research, Economics, or Public Policy, is required.

Preferred qualifications

All candidates must have a demonstrated research ability and publication track record. Proficiency in Mandarin is a plus, but not required.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Writing Sample - Published or submitted manuscript including model documentation of a relevant research problem preferred.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

San Diego, CA